Star Wars Rebels: Twilight of the Apprentice, Parts I & II
March 31, 2016 6:44 AM - Season 2, Episode 19 - Subscribe
The Rebels Season Two finale calls upon the myth and lore of The Clone Wars and Knights of the Old Republic as our Jedi, Ahsoka, Kanan, and Ezra, venture to the forbidden planet of Malachor in search of knowledge to defeat the Empire's dreaded Inquisitors.
- The conversation between Ahsoka and Rex at the start of the episode mirrors their first ever conversation in The Clone Wars.
- Surprisingly, it was the script for this episode which established the naming conventions for the Inquisitors with the Eighth Brother, previously the other Inquisitors were simply referenced as Male and Female.
- The patterns on the base of the Malachor Sith temple were designed by Ralph McQuarrie and were also seen in the Lothal Jedi Temple.
- Dave Filoni heavily drew upon mythological depictions of the internal underworld to delineate specific levels of descent.
- The petrified bodies that line the battlefield of Malachor were inspired by the impressions of figures from Pompeii.
- The Kylo Ren-like lightsaber is referenced as an "ancient claymore lightsaber" and as the Visual Dictionary of The Force Awakens stated, is ancient in design, going back to the Great Scourge of Malachor.
- The Eighth Brother Inquisitor is a Terrelian Jango Jumper, a species first seen in The Clone Wars.
- For purposes of animating the moment better, the decision was made to give Anakin an eyebrow after Vader's helmet was damaged - unlike his appearance in Return of the Jedi.
- An earlier script had Maul and Vader fighting each other in the second act, but it was ultimately scrapped when it was deemed superfluous.
- Another change from the earlier script was the 'infernal machine' of the Sith Temple actually firing its weapon, instead of being stopped by the removal of the holocron.
- In the unfinished "Crystal Crisis on Utapau" arc from The Clone Wars, which featured a giant kyber crystal, Yoda mentions ancient Sith super weapons powered by such crystals. The Sith temple's 'infernal machine' represents a rare intact one.
- The original script had Maul saying, "Palpatine brought me here when I was a boy. My Master had long studied the ancient dark arts, he sought out relics, and locations like this."